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What is the difference between a coated stent and a regular stent?

By July 17, 2014 - 1:42pm
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A few months ago, my mother had a heart attack. The doctors inserted a non-coated stent into her heart. What is the difference between a coated stent and a non-coated stent?

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Hi Ali

Great question! 

A non coated stent that your mother had is a regular stent to stop arteries from narrowing. 

A coated stent is the same thing but the stent is coated with medication that is slowly released into the body to help stop the narrowing even further. 

Many doctors prefer the coated stents but your mom's doctor may have felt she did not need medication. 

Has this information helped? 

Read more on our heart disease page here: 


We wish your mother the best! 


July 21, 2014 - 1:20pm
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